ET OSX is a list of useful tools for the MacOS X, most of which live in the Applications folder on my startup drive. It started as a 'what's on my Mac' page on my personal site but quickly evolved into a blog of its own. I'm trying to focus most on of the tiny but useful utilities that sometimes save you lots of trouble and effort, and to omit for the most part the list of big guns, that one normally uses on a daily basis. The list serves two purposes, lets me easily answer 'how do I do this on the Mac' questions asked by other users, and helps me remember answers to the same questions myself.

Remote Desktop, or ARD

Remote Desktop, or ARD( - the must have remote management tool for MacOS X system/network administrators. You can think of it as VNC on steroids, crack, whtatever. If you have a bunch of macs to manage you can effortlessly copy items to them, install packages remotely, run unix commands on multiple machines and many more. Client machines can be organized in lists or dynamic (or smart) lists using different criteria such as network range, os version, amount of ram, etc. Administrators can send messages to remote clients and clients can request assistance from administrators. Apple charges around $300 for this one, but I can't stress enough how useful it is.

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